ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — Madagascar's opposition seized control of the Defense Ministry on Friday, gaining support of the military in a dispute over the outcome of presidential elections more than two months ago.
Opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana declared himself president after the Dec. 16 elections and organized a series of protests and a strike to force incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka to step down.
Ratsiraka responded by declaring martial law here in the capital, a move that was widely ignored. He then moved his government to Toamasina, an eastern port city.
On Friday, 10 people were hurt when a man threw a grenade into a plaza crowded with opposition supporters in Fianarantsoa, about 160 miles south of Antananarivo.